Technical Forum 2017

Printable Planning Guide (PDF)

Please join us for the PTNPA Technical Forum 2017, being held at The Westin O'Hare from July 17 to 18, 2017. The event will feature industry leaders, educational speakers, and opportunities to learn and network with technical experts and scientific solution providers. 

Hotel Details


The Westin O’Hare | 6100 N River Rd | Rosemont, IL 60018

(847) 698-6000





Includes breakfast, lunch, general session meetings, refreshments (for 2 days) and Monday evening PTNPA Networking Reception.


Regular Registration | May 1 to July 5- $500/person
Starting July 6th- $575/person


Cancellation Policy: Technical Forum registrations cancelled by May 15, 2017 will be fully refunded, upon request. Registrants who cancel after May 15th will be eligible for a 50% refund, upon receipt of a written request to the PTNPA. All Registrations cancelled after June 1st are not refundable. Attendees who register after June 30th, 2017 will be charged a $75 processing fee. Thanks in advance for your understanding.


 Attendee Lists

Online Attendee List (updated live)
- Attendee List by Member Name (PDF, updated weekly)
- Attendee List by Company Name (PDF, updated weekly)


PTNPA Members have the opportunity to sponsor Technical Forum 2017 in a variety of ways, including the Networking Reception, the Cell Phone Battery Charging Station, and much more! Included with all Technical Forum Sponsorships, your company logo will be included on the Event App, Program, Website, and Registration Table.




Technical Supplier Exhibiting


Exhibit Booths | $750 per company

Includes table top booth, opportunity for brief “2-minute solution speed presentation” and detailed company description on Technical Forum Event APP, along with an ad in the printed program




Program | Day 1



5:30 - 7:30pm | Registration and Cocktail Reception




9 - 10am | Registration and Breakfast

9am - 5pm | Exhibit Hall Open

10 - 10:30am | Welcome, Overview and Technical Forum Objectives

10:30am - 12:30pm | Preventive Controls - Martin Hahn, Hogan Lovells

12:30 - 1:30pm | NETWORKING Lunch & Learn

1:30 - 2:30pm | Harmonization of GFIS/HAACP/FSMA – John Kukoly, BRC Global Standards

2:30 - 3:30pm | Risk and Recalls: Mitigation and Preparation - Bill Marler, The Food Safety Law Firm

3:30 - 4pm | Solutions: Power 1/2 Hour – Exhibitors

4 - 5pm | Whole Genome Sequencing – Andrew Benson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

6 - 8pm | PTNPA Networking Reception at Carlucci Rosemont (Open to ALL PTNPA Members in addition to those attending the Technical Forum)


Program | Day 2



8:30 - 9am | Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30am - 3pm | Exhibit Hall Open
9 - 10am | Environmental Monitoring – Haley Oliver, Perdue University
10 – 11:30am | Food Safety Scenarios: Objectives, Process & Breakout Sessions
11:30 – 12:30pm | NETWORKING Lunch
12:30 – 1:30pm | Food Safety Scenario Reporting and Discussion
1:30 – 2:30pm | International Standards/FSVP - Martin Hahn, Hogan Lovells
2:30 - 3:30pm | Forum Overview, Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

 Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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